Your home inspection quote varies depending on size, age of construction, type of materials used to build the home, roof, square footage, attached/detached structures or to inspect attics or small crawlspaces. Examples: patios, porches, decks, gazebos, pergolas, attached carports or garages. The time required to perform a property inspection varies according to the conditions and the age of the property. The average time for an inspection is 2 to 2.5 hours. Additional services requested on the day of the Inspection will more than likely extend the time required.
4 Point Inspection
Four Point Inspections focus only on four main areas of interest in a home:
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
Electrical wiring and panels
Plumbing connections and fixtures
The inspection and report describes the condition and age of these elements. Insurance companies have become increasingly reluctant to issue Homeowner Insurance Policies on older homes (usually 25 years old or more).
Wind Mitigation Inspection
Windstorm inspections look for construction features that have been shown to reduce losses in hurricanes, such as a hip roof, concrete block construction, the presence of gable end bracing, shutters and opening protections, the presence of roof to wall attachments such as toe nails, clips or hurricane straps, and the presence of a secondary water resistance barrier.
Radon Inspections knows a safe level of radon gas is no radon gas. Radon gas is a carcinogen which causes lung cancer. The US EPA has put it plainly, stating, "Any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. The lower the radon level in your home, the lower your family's risk of lung cancer." The average person receives a higher dose of radiation from the radon levels in their home than from their combined exposure to all other radiation sources, natural or man-made. Radon gas is a naturally-occurring byproduct of the radioactive decay of Uranium in the soil.
Roof Certification Insurance Form
The roof inspection should include an inspection of the condition of the chimneys and chimney flashing visible above the roof surface. Sometimes, your inspector will not be able to walk on the roof and will use binoculars instead.
Bacteria Well Water & General Bacteria Analysis
Lab analysis meets VA/USDA requirements.
At a minimum, check your well every spring to make sure there are no mechanical problems; test it once each year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. You should also have your well tested if:
There are known problems with well water in your area
You have experienced problems near your well (i.e., flooding, land disturbances, and nearby waste disposal sites)
You replace or repair any part of your well system
You notice a change in water quality (i.e., taste, color, odor)
Wood Destroying Organisms Inspections can be ordered and range from $75-$125 depending on the amount of square footage.